[Joan of Arc]Puella Aureliaca sub Carolo 7o
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, 17th century watermark; each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾") very large margins. Slight loss near right leg. Staining bottom right on edge of margins.
Joan of Arc (c.1412-31), the 'maid of Orléans' who helped to relieve the town in 1429. Captured at Compiègne in 1430, she was handed over to the English, tried and found guilty, and burnt at the stake. She was posthumously pronounced innocent and canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. From 'Les Portraits des Hommes Illustres Francois qui sont Peints dans la Galerie du Palais Cardinal de Richelieu' (1660). The book reproduces the portraits of great men hanging in Richelieu's 'Galerie des hommes illustres' by Simon Vouet and Philippe de Champaigne (although only four of the original paintings survive). The final 'illustrious figure' was Richelieu himself.
[Ref: 39885] £450.00